Hit The Floor Creator James LaRosa On The Big Season One Finale

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Are you still wrapping your head around last night’sHit The Floor Season One finale? (It was a doozy, wasn’t it?) After suicide, PR stunts, rape allegations, car sex, lies, and more lies, creator James LaRosa is on hand once more this week to give us his take on the episode that was–before he makes us suffer through an godly wait before Season Two’s delicious truthbombs start to drop.

Read on for his thoughts and thank yous.

I’m doing things a little differently this week.

Emily Exton has been doing an amazing job all season writing episode recaps and I’m gonna assume she’ll kill me in that department again this week. This week we aired our season finale, and, well… I’m a little emotional. So for my final blog, I’m going to be saying a bunch of thank yous. Because a TV series doesn’t get made on its own. And Hit The Floor is an especially communal effort. Like a hive. A sexy demented hive.

And so.

MY CAST:

I love them all. We love each other. Which you can tell if you follow everyone’s Twitters and Instagrams and whatever the hell else we’re on. A friend asked me on Facebook if we ever work on Hit The Floor or if we just stand around and pose with each other. I’ll be honest, it’s a lot of posing. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kimberly Elise: The first person we cast, the last face we see this season. Sloane went from a runaway protective mama with a secret to a sexcapading champion of all the dancers, one who’s positioned herself as a mole in Season 2, working inside Devils Arena to take down Oscar Kinkade. You know Kim is a talented powerhouse, you may not know she has one of the kindest souls in the universe. Positive people are amazing. Surround yourself with them. Awesome things happen. Like a hit show.

Taylour Paige: I thought for sure Ahsha was going to be the hardest role to cast. The ingénue is always the one character you want to punch in the face. But then Taylour walked in. She made Ahsha so unbelievably likable because SHE’S unbelievably likable. She has no filter, she has no shame. She is living every second. I fell in love and fall in love every time I see her. She also busted a flip in her audition that made me forget everyone else that walked in the room. She is a star.

Logan Browning: I thought for sure Jelena was going to be the easiest role to cast. The bitch? Come on! But casting Jelena drove several execs to near-suicide. Not me though. I knew she was out there. By now hopefully you know Logan is not Jelena. What you may not know is how hard Logan worked to become her. After the pilot, she spent an entire summer taking about a million dance classes and got herself to where she could share that floor with the other women. I’m so inspired by that. Logan will stop at nothing, which I guess makes her Jelena after all. In the finale she ousted Olivia in the most draglicious firing ever, but it was her breakdown in the lockerroom that people will really remember.

Dean Cain: With all the estrogen running wild on this set (of which I probably contributed half), Dean is such a studly shot of testosterone every time he walks in the room. And as professional as he is (the only actor who didn’t have to come back and do ADR after we wrapped!), he is also the biggest ham, ending every take with some improv that makes everyone bust up. At least he makes ME bust up. He also makes me feel inferior standing next to him because HE’S F–KING DEAN CAIN. I thank him for being him, and for being the best basketball technical advisor a guy could ask for.

Charlotte Ross: No one can summon a tear like Charlotte Ross. She took a hard-ass character like Olivia and gave her so many layers (one of which is still thankfully a hard-ass, my favorite flavor of Olivia). She’s also quick off the mark–we were filming that scene in Episode 3 where Ahsha begs for her job back and I pulled Charlotte aside and said, “Oh hey, you don’t know this but you slept with Pete and are realizing in this scene how awful what you did was because it contributed to driving Sloane away and leaving Ahsha without a father. Ok go.” And she went! Watch that scene again, it’s all there baby.